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Tricia Lin: Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, and Feminism

Inspired by the scholarly exchange and production of the indigenous knowledge in National Dong Hwa University, Tricia Lin spent her Fulbright year in the beautiful part of Taiwan, Hualien. She offered a course in postcolonial feminism and held several speeches on related issues. Not only did the given lectures caused large effects on the students and audiences, they also enriched her own teaching and writing. As a cross-cultural scholar, she saw that exchange of culture happens everywhere she went. A 17th-generation daughter of Taiwan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin is Professor and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is former President of National Women’s Studies Association, 2012-2014. Her Fulbright work, titled Indigenous studies, gender studies, and feminism, is part and parcel of her book project on transnational Indigenous feminism.

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Margaret Lewis: Taiwan’s Criminal Justice Reforms and Possible Implications for the PRC

In her year as a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Margaret Lewis looks at legal reforms, with respect to criminal justice and human rights, on Taiwan’s domestic changes as well as cross-strait relations. Seeing reforms on a day-to-day basis, Professor Margaret Lewis has not only witnessed significant underground changes but also got a better sense of the overall climate in Taiwan. Margaret Lewis is a law professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. Her research focuses on law in mainland China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice.

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Linsey Marr: Potential for Long-Distance Transport of the Flu Virus from Mainland China to Taiwan

Linsey Marr’s research group studies the emissions, transformation, transport, and fate of air pollutants. As a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan University, she was studying the potentiality for long-distance transport of the flu virus from Mainland China to Taiwan. Dr. Linsey Marr is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research group studies the emissions, transformation, transport, and fate of air pollutants.

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Elaine Ng: Cultural Cartography: The Material and Pattern of Place

Through research and exploration of Tainan City, Elaine Ng found the materials and patterns on the streets provided her a new cultural context and language for art making. Working in Professor Ching Yuan Chang’s Studio and the Chin Chin Pottery, Elaine built lasting relationships with international artists and local audiences. Elaine K. Ng is an artist whose work explores the physical and psychological structures of sites. Her Fulbright research in Taiwan began with ideas rooted in cultural cartography and has focused specifically on the materials and patterns that define a place.

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Reed Criddle: Performing Editions of Taiwanese Buddhist Chant

Is chanting a form of performance or a form of meditation? Through his five months Fulbright research in Taiwan, Dr. Reed Criddle would argue it is the later. Dr. Criddle visited Taiwan to study the Pure Land Mahayana Buddhism chants and aims to share them back in the United States and to the world. He is not only transcribing chants into Western musical notation, but he has also composed choral pieces for Western performance, based on his interpretations of the tradition. Dr. Reed Criddle is an Associate Professor in Department of Music at Utah Valley University, where his research is surrounding music and chanting. For 2017-18, he is a visiting researcher at Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism.

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Alexandra Hezik: Efficacy of Citrus as a Potential Fungicide, Insecticide, and Fertilizer

Fossil fuel plays a huge role in commercial agriculture, but many scientists are looking for alternatives to fossil fuel soil amendments. Alexandra Hezik examined the effectiveness using pomelo as an alternative solution. This project sheds light on the efforts to find renewable resources instead of relying on fossil fuel based products. Alexandra Hezik graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of science and sustainable agriculture. She is a Fulbright fellow in 2017-2018 and conducts her research at National Taiwan University.

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Alisha Jihn: Being Embodied: Body Image and Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance therapy can be used in a different cultural context. Alisha Jihn explores the possibilities and sees that dance therapy can be effective in fostering body image and self-esteem for adolescents and children. Through Alisha’s Fulbright project, the dance therapy participants learned to develop new relationships with their bodies. Dance therapy can be used in a different cultural context. Alisha Jihn explores the possibilities and sees that dance therapy can be effective in fostering body image and self-esteem for adolescents and children. Through Alisha’s Fulbright project, the dance therapy participants learned to develop new relationships with their bodies. Alisha Jihn is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s dance movement therapy and counseling program. Her host institution in Taiwan is the Department of Education at National Chengchi University.

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Paul Ocampo: Advancing Body-Mind Relationship in Dance Technique

Can “Tai Chi” mix with dance? Is training from a dance academy the only way? Through his Fulbright exchange, Paul Ocampo shows us that dancers from different generations and cultures can build and share knowledge through the arts. Paul Ocampo is a dancer and an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He came to Taiwan to teach dance techniques and the incorporation of body-mind awareness. This video features his reflections on the relationship between Paul and his students and on his personal experiences about the use of breath and the flow of movement.

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Brian Skerratt: Orphans of the Earth: Ecological Crisis and Local Imagination in Contemporary Taiwanese Poetry

https://youtu.be/RkdFm9GMq4E   Lillygol Sedaghat documented Taiwan’s waste management system and innovations in plastics and electronics recycling through film and digital media. She hopes to inspire conscious consumerism – the realization that every choice we make affects the environment – and spark a global discussion on trash with the #MyWasteMyWay. Using music videos, info-graphics, and maps to promote environmental education, she aims to transform people’s perceptions of trash from something disposable to something valuable.  Although she began her research with limited vocabulary, she believed in the importance of using Chinese as the language of choice for her field work and worked hard to improve her Mandarin. While she is still working on finding her voice, she acknowledges that the journey is long, but definitely worth it. Lillygol Sedaghat is a multi-media environmental journalist and speaker focusing on the intersection among science, systems, and people. She is a 2017-18 Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storyteller. She is an active contributor to National Geographic’s “Planet or Plastic?” global campaign. Lillygol has spoken at UN World Environment Day, Influence Nation Summit DC, and National Geographic on her research. She completed a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and was named 5 Under

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